Posted by jesse shayne on July 12, 2016 at 10:48 AM
With only a week to go until the Republicans convene in Cleveland, our movement has begun to make the political establishment sweat. In the past two weeks alone, two national news outlets came out against open primaries, offering sophomoric and fallacious opinion pieces that do little to discount the notion that American politics favors the parties ahead of the voters.
- The USA Today editorial board took Bernie Sanders to ask, so to speak, claiming that his call for an end to superdelegates is “much ado about nothing,” and that his push for open primaries is illegitimate. "Ultimately, Democrats should act in ways they think will help their candidates in the future, not let the second-place guy call the shots." They’re right. Keeping primaries closed WILL help the party retain control over the broken system we have, but it WON’T help voters!
- Meanwhile, The Washington Post published an op-ed by William M. Daley, who argues that the Democratic Party’s nominating system is NOT defective and IS fair. He attacks open primaries and says that “political parties are not governmental organizations” and should therefore be allowed to set the rules for their own primaries, yet fails to mention the fact that taxpayer money FUNDS those very elections (although he does express contempt that Bernie is still receiving Secret Service protection at the cost of taxpayers -- how ironic).